Experience opportunities for contemplation, fellowship, and faith-building at various events and retreats designed to nurture your spiritual side. Please see the many offerings by SCU departments and schools. In response to the current reality of not being able to attend public gatherings, we have worked together to provide various online offerings to enrich your spirituality as well as enter prayerfully into the current world crisis affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Summer Ignatian Spirituality Series and Bronco Ignatian Adventure Retreat
What satisfies the soul is not knowing more facts or reaching great insights, but savoring the many graces of God and resting in the Divine Presence - Kevin O’Brien, S.J. The Ignatian Adventure
As lifelong learners and faithful to our Jesuit heritage and spiritual growth, take time to deepen your faith with Ignatian Spirituality this summer. Our summer series is designed to introduce our Bronco alumni to different aspects of Ignatian Spirituality leading up to a unique opportunity for a year-long retreat making the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises (19th Annotation) using The Ignatian Adventure written by SCU president Kevin O’Brien S.J. as a guide. In case you missed the information session or would like to watch again, you can view the recording on Vimeo.
Hear from alumna Angela Rausch M.A. '20 talk about her experiences making the 19th Annotation.
Virtual Spiritual Library
If you missed out or would like to revisit our recent virtual spirituality offerings, here’s your chance!
Webinar Recording: Spirituality Uncorked Ways to Deepen Your Faith in Troubled Times from SCU Alumni on Vimeo.
On Campus Resouces
Bronco Book of Prayers
If you or someone you know needs prayers, enter them in our Bronco Book of Prayers. Let’s come together as a community and pray with one heart. If you feel so moved, during your prayer time, please offer the following prayer for our Santa Clara Community:
I pray for our Bronco family and the intentions made in the Bronco Book of Prayers. We lift up our hearts to you, Oh God, and trust in your loving care.
Responding to the Call
Serving others for the greater good is something that stays with SCU alumni. Responding to that call inspires people to enter all kinds of vocations from ministry to nursing, from teaching to counseling. Lauren Serfas, ‘20, felt called to enter the religious life. Learn more about her story and how SCU played a role in her discernment. If you or an alum you know would like to share their story, please contact Sarah Bonini.
Responding to the Call - Lauren Serfas '20 from SCU Alumni on Youtube
Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education
The Bannan Forum of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education collaboratively leads faculty, staff, and students in advancing the Jesuit, Catholic vocation of Santa Clara University as a transformative social force, building a more humane, just, and sustainable world. Focused on the intersection of faith, culture, and questions of justice and reconciliation, Bannan Forum provides public events, print publications, and digital offerings, bringing the SCU community and the larger public of Silicon Valley and beyond into conversations emerging from SCU’s distinctive character and mission. Learn More Here
The Ignatian world is wide and has many facets, all of which are rooted in the life and work of St Ignatius of Loyola, most notably his Spiritual Exercises. The Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education provides ways for SCU faculty, staff, and administrators to deepen their understanding of SCU’s Jesuit, Catholic mission, to make it their own, and to discover and experience some of the many faces of Ignatian spirituality. Ignatian spirituality is one important aspect - perhaps the most specifically Jesuit one— of ‘our way of doing things’ at SCU - providing not only a way of praying but tools for living with greater authenticity and internal freedom. Learn More Here
This bi-weekly email series from the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education serves as an opportunity to connect with and celebrate the mission and tradition that unites our campus and the wider Jesuit network. Each issue of the series provides a short reading or other form of content, a few key resources, and a brief reflection video from a member of the SCU community. Whether in times of crisis or in everyday situations, a deep engagement with the Jesuit mission shapes our actions and underpins our transformative vision of higher education. The mission of our institution also binds us together as we educate global citizens of conscience, competence, and compassion. Learn More Here
Campus Ministry provides Catholic, Christian, Multicultural and Interfaith spiritual opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. Many of their events are welcome to all. Their staff has pivoted from in-person to online daily Zoom offerings in response to sheltering in place. Campus Ministry also provides resources and zoom services for the observance of Holy Week and Easter.
Campus Ministry is planning a series of meditation opportunities on Instagram Live through the summer at 9 A.M. on Instagram, @scuspirit:
- Mindful Monday J.C. Santos will lead a different mindful practice each week.
- Wednesday "at the Well" featuring a short interview on Instagram each week with a different colleague about spirituality.
- Reviewing the Week with the Examen on Fridays J.C. will lead a different version of the Examen each week.
Jesuit School of Theology
Located in Berkeley, JST is an international center for the study of theology. Students come from across the nation and around the world to prepare for a broad range of ministries and service to the Church and world. Students are lay women and men, Jesuits in formation, and members of other religious orders of all ages. JST offers email subscriptions for daily reflections during Advent and Lent.
Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries
The Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries prepares women and men to enter professional ministries in the Church and society. Students and graduates of the GPPM program serve in parishes, education, diocesan offices, and non-profits. The GPPM Student & Alumni Network Night hosts regular networking opportunities. Contact Rose Lue, GPPM Student and Alumni Network Team Coordinator, for the April Zoom meeting information.
To receive information about retreats or other spiritual offerings either in your area or online, please contact Sarah Bonini, J.D. ’93, Assistant Director of Community Engagement, Service & Spirituality, in Alumni Relations.